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Brad Coleman Cancer Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Family Services, Health, Human Services

Mission: Through early detection, education and treatment of childhood cancer. We pray a child's life can be saved

Results: We have place our education program in 150 schools we provide a video, shower hangers and pamphlets to any school or group that wishes to use it as an educational to raise awareness to the need of self exam for testicular cancer. Our program shows how and when to perform the self exam as well as what to look for during the exam and what to do if something is found. We provide this program free of charge. We have also been involved with helping families that have children afflicted with cancer we have provided funds for travel and lodging expenses to 14 different families some we are continuing to help on a monthly bases as they are still taking their child for treatments We have been listed with the American Cancer Society as a source for resources and they have directed several families to contact us for help and we have provided.

Target demographics: Families of children with cancer

Direct beneficiaries per year: 15 families and provided our Testicular Awareness Program to 1500 students nation wide.

Geographic areas served: Entire United States

Programs: Testicular Cancer Awareness Program Family support Program

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have came along ways in four years. Our family assistance program has gained more and more popularity. We get referrals for all of the major children's hospitals throughout Tennessee. We also continue to provide funding to families that have been referred to us by The American Cancer Society. We have provided our testicular awareness program to over 5000 students. We do numerous fund raiser throughout the year to raise funds to support our mission. We are in the process of getting our name out in hopes we can become a nationally recognized charity. I am also proud of the fact that we have accomplished everything that we have done with an all volunteer staff. We have no paid employees so 100% of every dollar raised is put to work helping others. All of our staff work extremely hard and I want to commend each and every one of them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This foundation has made a tremendous difference to many different families who have called upon us for help. We have funded travel and lodging expenses as they seek treatments for their child. We have eased the pain of worrying about how they were going to get the money they needed to travel and a place to stay. We have two families that are traveling to MD Anderson in Houston Texas from Tennessee. And have been told by one of them that they would not know what they would have done if it hadn't been for us. We are making a difference and will continue to do so as long as we are able. We also have developed an educational program that has been placed in 125 schools. This program stresses the importance of self exam for testicular cancer. Early detection is the key to survival. We provide these program free of charge. We are also proud of the fact that all of our Board Members, Officers and Staff Volunteer their time so all proceeds raised goes directly toward doing to foundations work.

Lisa96

Board Member

Rating: 5

Brad Coleman is my nepfew and this foundation means a lot to me as well as the rest of the board members and the people that know Brad. Every child this foundation helps is such a blessing. I feel these parents pain . This foundation will do everything it can to help these families.I thank God for every family we have helped.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the Brad Coleman Cancer Foundation every penny it gets goes 100 % to the sick kids. This foundation feels for all these families. I thank God this foundation that it helps kids with cancer. I lost my nepfew and I feel pain for every kid that is sick and I pray for them and their families. This foundation cares and wants to help families. Everyone in this foundation does everything they can to work towards getting donations and they want nothing for what they do. God knows the people in this foundation care about each child and will do everything it can for each child.

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1 Tina57

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization providing support and financial assistance to families with children suffering from cancer and other chronic illness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best non profit by far...I would help any chance I could

Donor

Rating: 5

I continue to show support to this organization. I have seen the good that they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this foundation at most all of the fundraisers that they have had. Being from the town where this foundation is based and knowing the reason why it was founded, gives me great satisfaction knowing that the money I donate will be use to it's fullest extent, helping the families of children that have cancer. I know or know of, most of the Board Members and they are some of the most trustworthy people I have met. The Coleman's the family of Brad the person that the foundation was founded in memory of, have turned the tragic loss of their Son into a gift that has given so much to families that are in the same situation that they have been in. I will galdly give all I can give to this foundation to help them continue making a differen

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my four year old son had brain cancer I was in a high risk pregnancy and since I couldn't touch him for 72 hrs everytime he had chemo that meant his dad was off work the whole 11 months that our son was fighting for his life if it hadn't been for John Coleman helping us there would have been many times we couldn't have ate while stuck at the hospital and alot of trips for treatment would have been impossible as his Dr was more then an hr drive from home. This group was truly a god send to us.

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Brad Coleman Cancer Foundation 06/13/2014

Thank you Amber for you review. We just want you to know that we think of you and you family daily and Corbin will be forever in our hearts. God Bless

1 Teresa42

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very vocal on getting the awareness out there of a cancer most young men never think about.

1 Monica57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This foundation is true and heart felt. They really try to help every person they can. They used their own experience to help and enrich the lives of kids effected by cancer.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Outstanding Non-Profit. I am a Social Worker at a Major Children's Hospital. I have referred several families to this foundation. They go above and beyond to make sure these families get the help they need. Mr. and Mrs. Coleman know first hand the hardships of dealing with a child that has been diagnosed with cancer. The financial burden that these families experience is overwhelming. I don't know of another organization that offer the services that they provide.

3 Cindy111

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

having known the family of brad for years, i m not the least bit surprised that they used their own experience of the the illness, and the unfotunate loss of their son/nephew/uncle/cousin/grandson into a way to help others..... some people are born givers. brad, himself, was a volunteer firefighter. it is amazing that in this small community we live in, that this foundation is helping so many families, and providing teaching tools to so many others...... GOD BLESS ALL OF THEM!!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation is amazing. We found out in Feb. of this year that my 6 year old daughter had cancer. We applied for help and they have been there for us ever since. Every penny is so greatly appreciated and needed, there have been times that I'm not sure what we would have done without their help. Thank You for Everything you do.

MarcyR

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has helped many families so far and every dime is put towards helping the children Brad would be so proud !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The foundation is a wonderful thing they go far and beyond to make sure they help our goal is to help save a childs life. they help familys with children with cancer expense wise and emotional support as well our family knows first hand how hard it is and we wanna help and raise awareness by sending info to schools so everyone can know the signs so they can catch it in time like we wish we could have with Brad. This foundation is a great!!

2 Nikki Peek

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Brad Coleman Cancer Foundation has been helping kids all over Tennessee for three years now. They never turn any child away that is battling cancer. They know what it is like to have a child in the hospital and be very low on funds and really just scared on what the next day will bring! As a volunteer for the BCCF I get very passionate about these kids and what we are trying to achieve as a whole. We want to help families in need! To ease their burden as much as possible. By sending them money monthly they know that they will have the money to take their children to the hospital for treatments or whatever it is that they need most! This year our church hosted our first 5K Run, Missionary Grove Presents, Run For The Kids for the Brad Coleman Cancer Foundation. It was so awesome seeing so many people come out to support this great cause and knowing 100 % of all money raised went directly to all these families with children battling cancer! I personally am so thankful for The Brad Coleman Cancer Foundation. Even though we did lose Brad, a part of him will live on through this foundation and helping these children! God Bless!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brad was a very amazing guy. He had a heart of pure gold, and went above and beyond to help anyone who needed his help! This Foundation is doing the same thing. The Brad Coleman Cancer Foundation is helping so many children and their families right now, by knowing first hand the struggles families face while battling Cancer. The Trips to the Doctors, Hospital stays, and Food? It gets so expensive. This Foundation CARES! It KNOWs what these Kids and their Families are going through! It strives to put the word out there and Educate people on Testicular Cancer Awareness! God Bless each and every member of the Brad Coleman Cancer Foundation!!! They are doing an amazing Job!

Board Member

Rating: 5

We have come along way in three years. We have 18 families that we are helping on a monthly basis. We have been commended by every family that we have helped on what a great job we are doing. I want to thank everyone that’s involved in this foundation and to everyone that has made donations towards making all this possible.

Darlene Robinson T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

brad coleman cancer foundation is a great foundation to help children, if you like your money to be 100% going to help children this is the foundation for you ,we the board get pay nothing it all goes to foundation .these kids need us, the foundation is such a blessing, I give this foundation a five star for all the good work they do , thank you an bless you all

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Donor

Rating: 5

It amazes me how so many big named non-profits accepts millions on dollars of donations each year in the name of cancer. Yet when a family calls them for help they get referred to the Brad Coleman Cancer Foundation. This foundation receives only a drop in the bucket of donations compared to the big named non-profits, but they have never turned a family away that’s need help. This is what sets this foundation apart from all the rest 100% of every dime raised is put to work by helping others not paying the salaries of the ones that work there. They have no paid employees. Currently they have nine different families that they are helping on a monthly basis. Five of which were referred by larger non-profits. Something is wrong with this picture. I give my charity donations to this foundation because I know fist hand what they are about and I have seen their work in action.

1 Santana S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This foundation is a inspiration to those in need. As a family member of Brads, I seen the struggle that Aunt Sheila and Uncle John went through to make sure Brad got the treatment he needed. Unfortunately, we didn't get the outcome we had hoped and prayed for. But through this foundation, they can help ease the stress and financial struggles the families go through. They also are helping get the light shone on the type of cancer it self. So much research and light has been shined on other kinds of cancer but this one type you never hear about. And personally i think its great that as a small town foundation, its getting the attention that it deserves.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my profession as a Social Worker I see the need every day that the families of children with cancer have. The uncertainty of the outcome of the treatments the child is receiving. The financial burden that is imposed on the parents as they seek these treatments. Travel and lodging expenses are a huge problem. This foundation has been instrumental to the families that have been referred to them. Their response has been swift and in one case that I am aware of it was in the same day. This is almost unheard of and I commend them for the work they do, the passion they show to each and every family they support, and their willingness to provide the much needed assistance that gives these families some peace of mind in an already upsetting situation

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The role in the community that this foundation provides is essential to the families of children that have been diagnosed with cancer. The support that they provide is much needed. Most of the support and donations given in the name of cancer goes mostly toward research and to hospitals like St Jude's and Monroe Carroll Children's hospitals. It seems that the cancer patients and their families have all been forgotten in the process. One thing that we have to remember when we are donating is that in order to use the new treatments that have been developed through the money donated to research is we have to get these patents to the facilities to receive the treatments. This is where this foundation steps in and provides the funds that no one else does. From what I've seen and read about this foundation they get these children to and from the treatment facilities so they can utilize the most advance treatments available. I recommend that everyone think about the money they donate and not just automatically give it to research and to Hospitals and think about giving a portion of your donations to foundations like this one.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Most of the time on Cancer Free Radio, the cancer prevention dialogue focuses on breast cancer and how women can take preemptive measures to improve survival due to early detection. I think, as a gender, women tend to be more likely to investigate health concerns and to seek guidance from other women and health advisors.

That’s why I definitely wanted to highlight this resource. Sadly, the creation of this foundation was prompted by the loss of teenager, Brad Coleman, to testicular cancer. My guess is that few families sit their young sons down and explain to them that they need to check their parts with scrutiny on a regular basis, as a normal personal health check. This foundation helps to make this life saving early detection message one that can be delivered and heeded by young men. - Julie Joyce, Exec. Producer & Host, Cancer Free Radio